30 years LZH: Milestones of a success story

In 1986, Professors Haferkamp, Tönshoff and Welling founded the LZH. The photo shows them in 2011 at the institute’s 25 year celebration. (Photo: LZH)

LZH | With the foundation of the Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) in 1986, the laser found its way into the research landscape of Lower Saxony, and contributes as a key enabling technology to the success of various industrial companies. Today, the LZH looks back on countless successful projects.

30 years of research and development: Due to the interdisciplinary cooperation of natural scientists and engineers, the LZH succeeded in recognizing and influencing many promising research fields at an early stage. These include, among others, diode-pumped solid-state lasers, the characterization of optical components, the laser-based joining of lightweight structures, the laser-assisted eye surgery, the processing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), hybrid welding processes, the Scanning Laser Optical Tomography and, last but not least, the laser systems for the LIGO gravitational wave detectors that have finally proven the theory of general relativity.

by Silke Kramprich

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  • In 1986, Professors Haferkamp, Tönshoff and Welling founded the LZH. The photo shows them in 2011 at the institute’s 25 year celebration. (Photo: LZH)
  • Since 2007, the LZH has been researching laser processing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). (Photo: LZH)
  • 2013 registered for patent approval: The SLOT process makes an uncolored cell system visible. (Photo: LZH)
  • 2016 researchers detected gravitational waves using an LZH laser in the LIGO clean room in Livingston (USA). (Photo: LZH)
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